Data Transparency in the News

What’s your Return on Complying with the DATA Act?

The scale of U.S. federal government spending is immense, overwhelming and abstract. At 20 percent of American Gross Domestic Product, our $3.8 trillion in annual federal spending is larger than the entire economies of all but two countries. This large budget spanning hundreds of agencies and departments presents a considerable challenge to open review of public spending.

// Read at NextGov //


California Lawmaker Pushes for State Chief Data Officer

California Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, among others, addressed the need to streamline the state’s open data publishing efforts at the California Data Demo Day. The morning event was hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition, a trade group that advocates for publishing government data in open, machine-readable formats.

// Read at Government Technology //


What your agency is up against when implementing the DATA Act

The DATA Act is forcing agencies to standardize their financial information. The Office of Management and Budget will tell House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Information Technology and Government Operations about its plans to implement the DATA Act at a hearing on Wednesday. Hudson Hollister is the director of the Data Transparency Coalition. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp about the changes agencies will soon have to deal with.

// Read at Federal News Radio //


How digitized lawmaking could upend regulation writing

If laws and regulations were expressed as open data, rather than documents, “then government and society would be transformed,” according to Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. Hollister spoke as part of a panel that also included technological directors from the House of Representatives and developers from the General Services Administration’s 18F organization.

// Read at Federal Times //


Data Act implementation hung up on definitions

Looking for the “display gallery” of federal finances the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act could provide? The feds need to hammer out more definitions first.

// Read at Federal Computer Week //


Linking laws through open data

At a July 28 breakfast, the coalition and its partners championed the transformation of the legislative process with open data – and teased new “legislation about legislation” that could help speed that transformation. There are several open data avenues being pursued by legislative and regulatory bodies worldwide, including UN favorite Akoma Ntoso and U.S. Legislative Markup, the schema for producing the U.S. Code in Extensible Markup Language (XML).

// Read at Federal Computer Week //


OMB starts DATA Act implementation in high gear

Forr all of the Obama administration’s reluctance and push-back against the Data Transparency Accountability Act or DATA Act as it was going through Congress, give them credit for meeting the first major statutory deadline of the law on May 7. OMB also issued the first DATA Act guidance, which calls for agencies to designate a senior accountable official to lead the law’s implementation.

// Read at Federal News Radio //


Better data, Better decisions, Better government

A year ago, Congress passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or the DATA Act. Since then, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) have engaged with the communities that create and use this data and taken important first steps towards creating a more data driven government, and making federal data more transparent and available to the American people. Today marks the beginning of the next phase of implementation of the DATA Act.

// Read at The Department of the Treasury and White House Office of Management and Budget //


Why is the SEC still so low-tech?

Like many U.S. regulators, the SEC hasn’t kept pace with technological evolution. As a result, the firms it’s charged with overseeing are getting away with shady practices, investors are being denied easy access to key information, and, our economy is being put at risk.

// Read at CNBC //


Big Government Is Getting In The Way Of Big Data

When the government wants to know how many people are unemployed, it calls people and asks them whether they’re working. When it wants to know how quickly prices are rising, it sends researchers to stores to check price tags. And when it wants to know how much consumers are spending, it mails forms to thousands of retailers asking about their sales.

// Read at FiveThirtyEight //